Military in Milan, LVMH eyes Fabindia, On the prowl, Dates debate settled, Tavi steps up

Giorgio Armani Fall 2012 | Source: IHT

Military, Front and Center (IHT) “Is it the bitter, battling winter following the Arab spring that has created a march of the military in men’s fashion? A soldierly influence was an undercurrent in the winter 2012 Milan men’s show, which closed Tuesday. The idea of smartening up and shaping up may be a response to Europe’s gloomy economic situation” LVMH fund looks to stitch a deal with Fabindia (Business Standard)

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Market Pulse | Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty

Savigny Luxury Index January 2012 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — While the luxury industry entered 2012 with an overall outlook that remain uncertain, the sector remained resilient. Big news The Savigny Luxury Index (SLI) lost 2.6 percent in December, whilst the general market index MSCI gained 3 percent over the period.  The cause for this divergence was a temporary sell-off in luxury stocks in mid-December.  Two factors contributed to this: the Italian sovereign debt

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Asian engine, Menswear market growth, Online in India, Vogue archive, Oliver Spencer

Prada store Hong Kong | Source: Hong Kong Hustle

Across Asia, an Engine of Growth for Luxury Firms (IHT) “Europe is struggling to contain a spiraling debt crisis, the U.S. economy is beset with high unemployment, and emerging Asian economies are growing less rapidly. But none of this is killing off Asian shoppers’ taste for luxury goods. Companies like Burberry, Hugo Boss and Prada have continued to strike an upbeat tone on Asia in recent weeks, despite the havoc that debt

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Market Pulse | Strong Results Mask Market Jitters

Savigny Luxury Index November 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

  LONDON, United Kingdom — As the luxury and fashion sector enters the critical holiday shopping period on the back of strong results for the first half of the year, there are growing signs that executives are worried about what the future holds for the luxury market in 2012. Big news • This has been another month of record results for the luxury sector, with Hermès, Richemont, Ferragamo, Burberry, Tiffany, Prada and Ports all

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Catwalk to cover, Sowind reaps PPR benefits, Tel Aviv fashion week, D&G back in court, Maria Cornejo strategy

Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2004 | Source: Fashionist

They Shoot Fashion, Don’t They? (Huffington Post) “The fascination with the spectacle of fashion that McQueen (amongst other designers) brought to the catwalk arena lies at the purposeful core and messages of the exhibition. If one may doubt the intentions behind exhibiting clothes and photos related to the current phenomenon that is the catwalk fashion show, the clever irony of such a display is certainly not lost on

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The perfect match, Marc Jacobs collection stolen, PPR goes green, Abercrombie suffers, Benetton’s provocation

A Marriage of Economic Convenience (NY Times) “More than a decade since Target first popularized collaborations between high-end designers and mass retailers, and seven years since H&M introduced a collection with Karl Lagerfeld, there is still allure in the concept of cheap and chic… Such collaborations are proving to be both a reliable business model for retailers and a business in themselves.” Marc Jacobs’s

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Akris’ discreet charm, PPR invests in The Fancy, Richemont cautious, Nordstrom disappoints, Versace’s bright idea

Albert Kriemler of Akris | Source: Estilo Moda

The Discreet Charm of Akris (WSJ) “Perhaps it is Kriemler’s understated, reluctant approach to anything overt or loud—fashionable or otherwise—that attracts women as powerful and talented as Condoleezza Rice, Angelina Jolie, Susan Sarandon and Nicole Kidman to his clothes… Kriemler works extensively with artisans from Akris’s hometown of St. Gallen. The town is renown in the business for its skilled

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Brazil heats up, Condé Nast’s big guns, After the Brioni deal, Sustainable fashion, Still super at 80

David Remnick, Graydon Carter and Anna Wintour | Source: Ad Age

Exactly How Hot Is Brazil? (IHT) “Compared with the other so-called BRIC countries — Russia, with historic department stores rising from gray streets; India, with its chaotic New Delhi markets; or China with its sprawling, often empty, shopping malls — São Paulo seems like a hive of glamorous commerce… Compared with China, Brazil has had far less attention from the big brands, although their stores are present in São

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PPR acquires Brioni, H&M and Versace, Boss ups targets, iPad catalog experience, Alber Elbaz’s real drama

Brioni Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Luxos

PPR set to buy men’s wear brand Brioni (FT) “PPR, the French luxury goods group, has confirmed it will acquire Brioni, the Italian high end men’s wear group that has dressed Vladimir Putin and the fictional character James Bond in several movie outings. In a statement on Tuesday, PPR said it would be buying 100 per cent of the family owned group for an undisclosed sum… PPR is reorienting and expanding its

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Market Pulse | Bounce Back Amid Clouds

Savigny Luxury Index October 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The market roller coaster continues, but the luxury sector has once again outperformed the general market. While questions remain about the ability for China to sustain the growth of luxury brands, investors seem to be on side again, at least for now. Analysts remain divided about the future of the luxury sector in 2012, amid much macroeconomic uncertainty. Big news • Renewed confidence in the sector

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Web to print, PPR sees no slowdown, MaxMara’s design tour, Tiffany defends Louboutin, Rankin’s new magazine

Style.com/Print | Source: Fashion Snap

Finally, the Web at Hand (NY Times) “Next week, the first issue of a glossy magazine from the editors of Style.com, with the puzzling name of  Style.com/Print, will hit newsstands… Aside from the novelty factor of its origins, it is a surprisingly effective product, one that reads with a swiftness that is not unlike the experience of clicking through multiple screens at a time. The first 100 pages can be read in five

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Pump up the volume, Instagram’s pull, PPR confirms Brioni talks, Throwaway fashion, Proenza power

Proenze Schouler | Source: Modern Wearing

The Volume Stays Up (NY Times) “There seems to be no escape from the orgy of prints and color consuming the runways. It continued on Tuesday at Rodarte and Vera Wang, with runny floral patterns. It struck on Monday with ice-cream pastels at Preen, tribal prints at Donna Karan and blazing red at Ohne Titel… But if you look at many of the prints that have appeared this week, and the way they were handled, you don’t find

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Market Pulse | Strong results fuel sector growth before tailspin in early August

Savigny Luxury Index July 2011 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — Over the past few days, international markets have plummeted in the face of growing uncertainty about the global economy, in particular the debt crisis in Europe and the downgrade of US treasuries by Standard & Poors. In this month’s Market Pulse, we analyse the market’s strong performance in July and provide a market update from the first few days of August. Big news • H1 results beat

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